Dentistry in Germany

The quality of dental care in Germany is very high and is comparable to the high level of care in the USA and many other developed countries. Dental implants are a specialty and the quality and techniques used in dental implants are among the best. German dentists are very thorough and treatments follow strict German procedures and policies. Dentists are well situated in both cities and rural areas and the quality of dentistry is high even in outlying or smaller towns.

A 1993 ruling allows health insurance providers to accredit only a limited number of dentists in a specific area as determined by statistics and the demographic necessity of that area. But there is no requirement that a dentist have this accreditation, although this dentist will then only accept private patients.

This competition has influenced prices - and they do vary. It’s a good idea to compare prices if dental insurance doesn’t cover the entire bill. Ask the dentist for a quote. A price comparison could save you up to 60% on treatment costs.

Many dentists or someone on their staff will speak English so don’t worry about finding a suitable practitioner. In an emergency, dental emergency services are on call throughout the country. A list is available at dental offices, pharmacies, hospitals, police and fire stations and in the local newspaper.

Dental work may or may not be covered by health insurance policies, so make certain your policy covers the specific dental procedure before committing to any work, The two basic kinds of health insurance plans in Germany - government run and private - both cover dental costs, but rarely the entire cost. The insurance typically covers routine procedures such as simple fillings and dental hygiene. Major dental work such as crowns, implants or dentures is only partially covered by the government plans.

Private insurances may cover more of the costs of major dental work. But double-check your plan to ensure which costs are covered and what your co-payments may be. German insurance companies usually place a limit on the coverage a new policyholder may receive. Some require a waiting period of 8 months before reimbursement eligibility and after that the coverage may be capped at 60% to 80% of the total cost of major dental work.

Be aware that government run plans are cutting payments to dentists as part of the cutbacks in overall expenditures for health insurance. This could result in higher co-payments for your dentist’s bill. Verify your current status with your german health insurance and dental plan provider to see if there are any changes or cutbacks to your coverage. You may also consider a supplemental insurance plan with a private insurance company.

Before any major dental work, ask for a detailed cost estimate (Heil- und Kostenplan) and submit this plan to your insurance for prior approval. You can ask for this estimate in English as well. Also request a medical risk form, medical history form and the new patient form to inform your dentist of any medical conditions, health problems, medications or allergies you may have.

For more information please visit the German health insurance sector or the Welcome Center Germany under

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